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County measure would shield illegal immigrants: By Oscar Avila, Tribune staff reporter

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  • Peter S. Lopez de Aztlan
    Domingo ~ 2 PM PST Ajua! This is one of few really sane and humane ideas I have seen yet on this whole immigration issue in these troubled times. Will this
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      Domingo ~ 2 PM PST
      Ajua! This is one of few really sane and humane ideas I have seen yet on this whole immigration issue in these troubled times.

      Will this measure work in your city, your town, your county, your country? Food for thought. Where are our activists of Aztlannet Action? At the Sheraton kicking it?

      P.S. We need to recognize Hermano and Chicago Tribune Reporter Oscar Avila for his fine work and reporting!
      County measure would shield illegal immigrants
      By Oscar Avila, Tribune staff reporter
      Email: oavila@...
      Published September 8, 2006
      A resolution introduced Thursday would make Cook County a "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrants, meaning authorities could not inquire about their immigration status in routine interactions.
      County Commissioner Roberto Maldonado, the measure's sponsor, said he wants to prevent the county from joining a growing group of local jurisdictions that are cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security to enforce immigration laws.
      If the measure passes, Maldonado said, sheriff's deputies could not ask for immigration papers during traffic stops and county employees could not report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities.
      Maldonado said he has no evidence that county officials are currently doing that.
      The measure offers illegal immigrants no protection from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who are free to make arrests in the county. But Maldonado said the resolution is still important because turning county authorities into immigration agents would detract from their other duties.
      Those who support sanctuary policies say they don't want to send illegal immigrants underground. Earlier this year, the Chicago City Council strengthened its sanctuary policy by turning a long-standing executive order into law.
      But critics say sanctuary policies undermine law enforcement and let criminals go free when they might otherwise be arrested for immigration violations. Residents in Elgin and other suburbs have recently appealed to their elected officials to become more aggressive in assisting with immigration enforcement.
      The County Board did not discuss the resolution Thursday. Maldonado said he hopes to have a public hearing on the measure before the Law Enforcement and Corrections Committee. The hearing has not yet been scheduled.

      Liberation Now!
      Peter S. Lopez ~aka Peta
      Email: sacranative{at}yahoo.com

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